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[fin-uh n-seer, fahy-nuh n-; British fi-nan-see-er] /ˌfɪn ənˈsɪər, ˌfaɪ nən-; British fɪˈnæn si ər/
a person skilled or engaged in managing large financial operations, whether public or corporate.
verb (used with object)
to finance.
verb (used without object)
to act as a financier.
Origin of financier
1610-20; < French; see finance, -ier2 Unabridged
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  • Mr. Hennage decided that the financier must have something on his mind, and he was not wrong.

    The Long Chance Peter B. Kyne
  • In 1834, Mr. Mygatt became a financier, which may be said to be his profession.

  • He may be a financier, and cheat somebody; or a politician, and slander somebody; or a learned man, and hinder wisdom.

  • financier thinks that any train, met for the second time, is not to be counted.

    A Tangled Tale Lewis Carroll
  • Mr. Marlowe had nothing to do with Manderson's business as a financier, knew nothing of it.

    The Woman in Black Edmund Clerihew Bentley
British Dictionary definitions for financier


/fɪˈnænsɪə; faɪ-/
a person who is engaged or skilled in large-scale financial operations
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for financier

1610s, "one concerned with finances" (especially public), from French financier (16c.), agent noun from finance (see finance (n.)). Sense of "capitalist" is first recorded 1867.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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